NYCommons.org helps New Yorkers impact decisions about public land and buildings in their neighborhoods. It is a collaboration between Common Cause/NY, the Equitable Neighborhoods unit at TakeRoot Justice (formelry the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center), and 596 Acres, Inc.
Why focus on our commons?
Vibrant public spaces strengthen communities and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. They provide opportunities for learning, health and recreation, as well as connecting with friends and neighbors. But all too often, publicly owned spaces are sold or taken out of public control with very little meaningful public input. This website is part of a strategy for breaking this pattern and giving New York City residents a chance to have a say in the decisions that affect their communities.